Review: by K.E. Payne

December 20, 2011 Review 3 ★★★

Review: by K.E. PayneRelease Date: January 17, 2012
Author: K.E. Payne
Pages: 253
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Source: NetGalley
From the Publisher: Is it possible to fall in love with someone you’ve never met? Imogen Summers thinks so because it’s happened to her.

Immy is a normal eighteen-year-old, with a normal life, a normal family, and a normal boyfriend. But when she finds herself falling for a girl on an Internet message board, a girl she knows only as the mysterious Fickle, her so-called normal life is suddenly turned on its head.

As her relationship with Fickle develops into more than just friendship, Immy finds another message board friend, the sweet and lovely Joey, the perfect person to confide in. But can Joey stay out of it when she starts to fall for Immy herself? Things are about to get complicated...
3 Stars

This book had a lot of ups and downs, but overall I liked the story. I think it’s a great story for any confused or curious teen to read.

The writing did leave a lot to be desired. It really frustrates me when authors choose to turn all of their teen characters into some fake caricature based on silly stereotypes. Teens do not all text like complete idiots (“can’t w8 2 c u” etc), especially now that there is this thing in the world called a full qwerty keypad on most phones. It ends up leaving a bad taste in my mouth, and it makes me think the author is trying too hard to get into teen space to write her story.

A lot of the dialogue felt fake and forced, especially between Immy and Fickle. But the overall theme of the story is certainly one I can get behind. I am no stranger to falling in love over the internet, nor of having my heart broken in the very same manner. My heart was with Imogen when she was trying to figure out what to do with her boyfriend and this new online friend, and I felt just as betrayed as she did when she found out some not so nice things about her new friend.

In the end, I was happy with the way things turned out – though I’m not at all certain it’s a realistic portrayal of this type of situation. But then again… don’t we all want the fairy tale ending?

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3 Responses to “Review: by K.E. Payne”

  1. Sarah

    I’ve read this book and loved it! I’m surprised that you said the writing leaves a lot to be desired; I thought it was fantastic. I think the way KE Payne captures the ups and downs of teen love – perhaps especially when people fall in love over the internet – is really realistic. Have you read her first book 365 Days? It’s hilarious, totally different in theme from this one. She’s one helluva versatile writer!

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